WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service says it’s relocating the National Archives for Black Women’s History from the District of Columbia to Maryland because an evaluation of the current site found inadequate conditions to appropriately house the archives.

The archives are currently housed at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House on Vermont Avenue in northwest Washington.

The residence was the last home of the educator and civil rights leader in Washington and the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women.

The archives will move to the Park Service’s Museum Resource Center in Landover, Md. The center houses more than five million documents and museum objects and already houses some material from the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House collections.

The archives will be closed from Feb. 18 through March 9.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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